This week is the busiest week of the year for the US Postal Service. Despite all the business, the postal service is on the verge of bankruptcy because of a pre-funding mandate imposed by a lame-duck Congress in 2006.
Here in Portland, a door-to-door canvassing group called Working America is taking up the cause of saving America's postal service.
Kevin Card joins Abe and Joe to talk about the crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service.
Kevin Card, president of the Oregon State Association of Letter Carriers, joins Abe and Joe to discuss the crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service. Also, Joe fills us in on the history of labor in the United States and the state of organized labor today.
Bill Resnick is our host today with live coverage of the West Coast port shutdowns. Bill talks with activists on the scene here in Portland and in Oakland. Also on the show, the Movie Moles take us back in time to the politics of It's A Wonderful Life, Tom Becker reads a piece about why people fear atheism, and letter carrier and local union president Jim Cook explains why our Postal Service is in danger. Throughout the show, we hear holiday caroling from Wobbly members with lyrics updated to suit our mutinous times.
Jim Cook is engaged in a struggle to save the U.S. Postal Service from a crisis that may bring it down and leave all our mail in the hands of private corporations. Here he talks with Bill Resnick about why the crisis is a fake and what needs to be done about it. Jim is President of the local chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78 is A collection of first-person and historical essays spans the people’s history of San Francisco in the tumultuous decade from 1968, the year of the San Francisco State College strike, to 1978 and the twin traumas of the Jonestown massacre and the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. This volume provides a broad look at the diverse ways those ten years shaped the world we live in today. From community gardening to environmental justice, gay rights and other identity-based social movements, anti-gentrification efforts, neighborhood arts programs and more, many of the initiatives whose origins are described here have taken root and spread far beyond San Francisco.
The latest news from the Occupation Movement, protests at the white house, Newt Gingrich, problems with oysters, mysterious bruises and other injuries in Japan, global warming and the occupation, housing issues, changes to the post office and listeners' calls.
As Portland becomes a destination for young creatives to find homes and work, minority communities are being "gentrified out" of the city. North and Northeast Portland have lost people of color as housing costs in those areas have increased.